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The MADE will be a fully interactive videogame museum in San Francisco, in the United States.  Help us secure a space.
The MADE will be a fully interactive videogame museum in San Francisco, in the United States. Help us secure a space.
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The Expansion Continues!

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Remember 2013, when we opened a new classroom across the hall, thanks to the help of David & Sarah Scott, Dolby, and Anya and Will Wright? The time has come again for us to expand into another room across the hall, a small one that connects to our classroom.

We want to turn this into a living retro computer lab. We'll keep working samples of most of the common home computer types: Amiga, Atari, Atari ST, C64, TRS-80, DOS/486, and more!

We're compelled to open this new room because we have a humongous, on-going donation of old computer hardware coming in the door. It's been going on for some time, and we're still receiving items from this donor! You can read about it on our Website

This new living computer lab will be a great haven for new volunteers! We hope to bring in a few of you to help us build and maintain this lab! We need experts on all manner of old computer hardware, so please contact us or stop by to let us know you want to help!

We wouldn't be here without your help, and we're hoping to continue growing with you alongside us. The MADE continues to help the people of Oakland to enjoy the history of digital gaming without charging fees for admission or classes, and we need your help to continue. Please consider donating to the MADE through Paypal at treasurer@themade.org .

Thanks for sticking with us! We're on a great trajectory, and your support will keep us rising and expanding!

We're Redecorating!

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 After a Holiday of rest, the MADE's wonderful volunteers have set to the task of painting the walls and re-laying out the space. We're taking one more weekend to reset the space, but we will reopen on the 17th and 18th! 

If you want to help us out, there are still a few items we desperately need for our collection. We'd greatly appreciate anyone who can pass along information on where to find the following items:

  • Philips CD-I console.
  • Intellivision, preferably functioning.
  • Functioning Vectorex (We have the nearly complete games library)
  • Functioning, original GameBoys.
  • PCs for upgrading our classroom.
  • QLink development libraries and veterans!
  • Your old floppies and computers.
  • Your time!

The MADE's 3rd Year Anniversary Party this Saturday

Come to the MADE Saturday, September 6, from noon to 6 PM, to help us celebrate 3 years in operation! Without your support, we wouldn't be here, so please come down and let us thank you in person with food, beverages, and various tournaments and activities!

For more information, check out the full schedule of the day's activities at http://themade.org/posts/704

Thanks again for your continued support!

Coming Up On 3 Years!

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The MADE turns 3 years old in September!

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The MADE

And we're having a party! To celebrate our anniversary, which ya'll are completely responsible for, we'll be hosting a series of events on Saturday, September 6, during open hours. The schedule is being finalized, but we'll be having live music, stand up comedy, a few game tournaments, and food/beverages, as well as prizes for attendees!

We're also hoping to setup Artemis that night, preferably with a few ships! For those of you unfamiliar with Artemis, http://www.artemis.eochu.com/ , it is a starship bridge simulator. Players take seats ala Star Trek, personing consoles like the science station, weapons console, helm, etc. And, of course, one player gets to be captain and bark orders at everyone, ala Kirk or Picard, or even Mal.

Artemis has become a regular thing at the MADE, every first Saturday of the month at 7PM, so you will be able to play again if you enjoy it. If we can get 12 players, that's enough for two full ships playing either together or against one another.

We may not have told you yet, but earlier this year, we ceased charging admission to the MADE, and as such, this party will also be free to attend. Artemis is free. Our classes are free. Everything's free! 

Thanks to your continued support we offered three times as many classes this summer as last summer. we created and completed multi-week sessions in C, Unity, Presonus, Android and even Minecraft mod-making.

By all accounts, we're still a great success and continue to make advances in our offerings, our collections, and our staffing. This is all because you folks had the foresight to donate to our cause 3.5 years ago. 

Thanks again for your continued support, and keep an eye out for another kickstarter campaign from us in the coming months: this time to rehost and port a long lost MMO!

2014 at the MADE

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It feels weird having been so long since our last update, but we've been posting this type of news on http://www.themade.org instead of on here simply because we've got to address far more fans than just you wonderful initial 306. But I did want to share something super secret that I can't post about on our blog just yet. You're getting this info before we start to make a big deal out of it.

The MADE is about to launch an extremely complicated, difficult project: we will be attempting to relaunch Habitat. Habitat was the first massively multiplayer online game, in 1987. The game was created by Lucasfilm Games, and hosted on the Q-Link service for Commodore 64 users. It was designed to support 10,000 concurrent users, but never actually shipped officially.

We have obtained the Habitat source code from one of its original authors. But that's only about 1/4 of what's needed to make this happen. We also need to build a Q-Link proxy computer, we need to get the source onto a Stratus VOS computer, and we need to output the C64 binary from the PL/1 and C code it's written in.

This is all extremely complicated, but the upshot is that we hope to port the server code to C, and to Linux. Anyone who wants to help is welcome to contact me about our upcoming Habitat relaunch beer bash. 

Long story short: we'll be bringing together people focused on all of the different disciplines required to get this working, feeding them pizza and beer, and trying to get this stuff to compile, followed by a year or two of slowly porting the server code.

We've just rolled out our Lucasfilm Games exhibit, which features games like Maniac Mansion, Tie Fighter, and Shadows of the Empire, all playable. Come down and see us before we dive into a huge redesign of the space later this summer.

Thanks again for supporting us! We would not be here without all of your support!